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Alexander of Jerusalem
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A prominent bishop in the first half of the 3rd century CE, Alexander (d. 250/251 CE) is primarily remembered today through his relationship with Origen as recorded in Book 6 of Eusebius of Caesarea’s Historia ecclesiastica. Little is known of Alexander’s early life. In a letter to Origen (preserved in Eus. Hist. eccl. 6.14.8–9), he refers to Pantaenus and Clement of Alexandria as his past teachers through whom he came to know Origen himself. This statement has encouraged the belief that Alexander studied in Alexandria together with Origen, altho…

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Gwynn, David M., “Alexander of Jerusalem”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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